A small bird got into the store today, it was flying everywhere trying to find a way out. Customers tried to catch it, employees tried to caught it, but if would always fly away. I had to go up stairs to the office to place an order on the computer, I looked up and there set the little bird on one of the beams. I spent about half and hour doing the order and the little bird just set there watching. When I got up to go back downstairs the little bird flew away, later to escape out the front doors. For a few hours the little bird was the talk of the store, but after it got out, the topic changed to something else. I was reminded of the life of people that come into our lives. It seems like for a moment they are the subject of every conversation, then they are gone. Sometimes they just move away or start a family or just busy at work. Sometimes death calls them unexpectedly. This past Christmas (2008) I got the phone call no one ever wants to get, one of my family members had been accidentally shot, and died. Danny Ray Smith was one of three boys and the son of my brother Butch and his wife Mary. Danny Ray was the middle boy and seemed to have a sweet side that would steal your heart. Often our paths would cross while shopping or at a cafe, he would always call out, “Hey Uncle David!’ we would give each other a big hug and promise to get together, we never would. Sometimes at family reunions Danny Ray would come and bring his family. We all would have a great time and say, “We need to get together.” but never seemed to find the time. So, now we are all getting together and talking about good times and wishing we had gotten together earlier. Danny Ray is missed and his family still needs much prayer. God’s Word promises us comfort in times of sorrow, we must embrace these truths.
Isaiah 63:9 In all their affliction he was afflicted,
Psalms 130:1 Out of the depths have I cried unto thee, O LORD. 2 Lord, hear my voice:
Isaiah 43:1b Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine. 2When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee. 3For I am the LORD thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour: